Are you willing to give up your cars spare tire for better fuel economy?

01 Jul 2012 admin In G+ Posts
I think I would be if I did not drive a truck where the options outlined would be pretty prohibitive.. but I hate donuts spares, there only good use is me laughing at people who use them on all 4 wheels as primary tires….

http://www.freep.com/article/20120618/COL14/206180336/Mark-Phelan-Spare-tires-vanishing-as-more-cars-come-with-lightweight-repair-kits

Mark Phelan: Spare tires vanishing as more cars come with lightweight repair kits
Losing your spare tire is synonymous with losing weight, for people and now for cars. But will car buyers give up their spare tire in exchange for higher fuel economy and lower operating costs? Auto…

Comments: 5

  1. Craig Pifer 1 Jul 2012 Reply

    I would much rather have a spare than a can of sealant. A temporary fix like that is only going to lead to more problems down the road as most people will assume that they don't need to do anything else with it. Just a few days ago having a spare made the difference of me being able to change the tire and drive the vehicle to the tire shop, or paying them to come out and take care of it.

  2. Kevin Gault 1 Jul 2012 Reply

    When I had my truck the one thing I loved is that it was a full sized spare that matched my tires. So even though it had weight, if I had a blow out at least I just needed to replace the spare.

  3. Jason Hunter 1 Jul 2012 Reply

    Just bought a Volvo s60 and in place of the spare is a "Slime" substance and a pump. Pretty neat.

  4. Chuck Jackson 2 Jul 2012 Reply

    +Brent Burzycki No… LOL

  5. thomas o'brien 2 Jul 2012 Reply

    Not a chance. Slime and fix a flat won't do anything to repair a shredded tire or a hole in the sidewall. I have full size spare in my 02 TDI Jetta and it consistantly gets better mileage than any other passenger car on the road (when compared to any other production model or year car) and to top it off it's ten years old!

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